There are few traits of Sir Lewis Hamilton, which makes him the legend he is. His unswerving quest for improvement and a ruthless determination to be fitter, stronger, faster. Somehow, the Brit never fails to find the motivation to keep winning and tossing trophies in the air.
As the Bahrain race day is only a few hours away, everybody wants to know – What’s the champ thinking before the action begins! For starters, he’s back to his old job, inspiring everyone in the team and steering them in the right direction in terms of the development of the perfect car. His decision of an unusual one-year contract has left many speculating the end of Hamilton-led-Mercedes era.
“We have these changes that are happening next year, which are exciting. I think this looks like it could be the most exciting season yet; we’ve got new teams, new formats and it’s closer.” Lewis recently spoke to the media.
“I don’t feel like I’m at the end, but only the next eight months or so will let me know and I’ll find out if I’m ready to stop or not. I don’t think I will, personally… but you never know.” the Brit added.
There’s no doubt about Hamilton’s energy and skills while driving a Formula One machine. Yet there are other chassis on the grid too, which can’t be ignored. The team’s engine guru Andy Cowell has already left the team and they may have to fight without being the front runners this time.
All being said, Hamilton has always taken challenges head-on and ended up succeeding. After all, it’s not about the falls, it’s about how one gets up and makes it through them. The 36-year-old was clear on what he wanted and a one-year deal was something both Mercedes and the Brit were looking for.
Lewis Hamilton yet optimistic after dismal Pre season testing
Looking back at the testing period, we saw both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton struggling with their Mercedes W12. On day one the Fin had a gearbox issue while his teammate was quite jittery on the track. Though day two saw Bottas topping the time-sheet, Lewis ended up on gravels. In fact, on day three, both the drivers complained about the unstable rear.
“We’re in the best shape we can possibly be in, considering that we only had three days of testing. There’s been a huge amount of analysis, the engineers and guys back at the factory… to try and understand, churn the numbers, quantify and make improvements. I think we come here positive.” Hamilton said optimistically.
Red Bull have no doubt made great progress over the winters. They made it clear during the testing what their Honda Powerd RB16-B is capable of. And for Lewis to help win Mercedes the Eight consecutive title, he will have to invest and deliver throughout the season.
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